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Destitute Refugees and Migrants - what Can I Do? Saturday 20th September, 10am - 4pm, at Praxis in Bethnal Green, London

Thousands of migrants find themselves, through no fault of their own, with no support or ability to return home. Many are destitute and street homeless. Local authorities and most homeless charities don't because they have no recourse to public funds. Most are not allowed to work, so they have no means to exist.

People from churches and other faith communities are already responding with help or accommodation, could you be part of the answer?

The event is organised by London Hosting Network, a working group of Praxis, Housing Justice, Spare Room, Jesuit Refugee Service UK, London Interfaith Forum, Just Homes, London Catholic Worker and others. For more information, contact 020 3544 8092

JRS at your parish in 2014?

Would you enjoy hosting the "Come and see" photography exhibition at your parish or venue?
We would be interested to talk about opportunities for the autumn and can also provide a speaker who can share stories and reflections about the photos and JRS's work of accompaniment for asylum seekers, as well as help you engage with current issues and debate around immigration and refugee issues. Contact the office to discuss your needs and ideas further.

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Current Focus

Inquiry on Detention within the UK Launched
All Party Parliamentary Group is calling for evidence
The APPG on Refugees and APPG on Migration are conducting a parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK. The inquiry, which I will be chairing, will examine the use of detention in the UK immigration and asylum systems, with a particular focus on the conditions within detention centres, the impact on individual detainees and their families, the wider financial and social consequences, how detention is used in other countries, and the future role of detention within the immigration system. Following the receipt of evidence between July and October 2014, and a series of oral evidence sessions, the inquiry aims to publish a report in early 2015. For more information, please visit www.detentioninquiry.com.

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JRS-UK Blog
Connecting People, Building Hope

We post regular reflections, stories, image and poems to our Community Blog. Visit us and be part of the wider community of people connected wth our work and stories.

JRS Europe
For detailed research and policy information about issues affecting destitute and detained asylum seekers across Europe, visit JRS Europe.

JRS International Newsroom
For up to date information on what JRS is doing in Columbia, Syria and other places suffering from conflict or natural disaster, visit JRS International.